Spicy Grain-Free Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These spicy, grain-free stuffed cabbage rolls are a hearty, filling, and very satisfying meal that will feed four people at two cabbage rolls per person.

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Here in Minnesota, cabbage rolls are a hearty favorite recipe! But so many of them contain rice. So we decided to come up with a grain-free option, that was equally as satisfying. These are cute little rolls (made using the soft inner leaves of Savoy cabbage) and stuffed with the most decadent mixture of ground pork, ground beef, Spanish chorizo, and spices. It’s a hearty, filling, and very satisfying meal that will feed 4 people at two cabbage rolls per person.

If you have any allergens, be sure to check the labels of your Spanish chorizo as some do contain gluten. If you cannot source one you like, use chopped, smoked bacon instead and add in another teaspoon smoked paprika to the mix. Enjoy!

Spicy Grain-Free Stuffed Cabbage Rolls | Real Food RN
Yield: Serves 4

Spicy Grain-Free Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These spicy, grain-free stuffed cabbage rolls are a hearty, filling, and very satisfying meal that will feed four people at two cabbage rolls per person.

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Have all your ingredients prepped and ready.
      Spicy Grain-Free Stuffed Cabbage Rolls | Real Food RN
    2. Melt the butter in a large pan or wok and cook the onions over moderate heat until softened. Add the garlic and cook until they too have softened.
    3. Tip in the ground meat, chopped chorizo, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Cook over moderately high heat until the meat browns and cooks through safely.   
      Spicy Grain-Free Stuffed Cabbage Rolls | Real Food RN
    4. At the same time in a separate pan, cook the chopped tomatoes and dried oregano until the tomatoes break down. Use a potato masher if it helps. Stir through the tomato concentrate and remove from the heat.
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    5. Add three tablespoons of the cooked tomato mixture – along with a handful of grated Cheddar - into the mince mixture and stir well to combine. Set aside. Set the remaining tomato sauce aside too while you continue with the cabbage.
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    6. For the cabbage, use the 8 largest leaves (preferably from the inner part of a Savoy cabbage) and use a sharp knife to remove the hard, white part by making a V-shaped incision, as pictured. This will assist in folding the leaves later. 
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    7. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and boil the leaves for 2-3 minutes until they have wilted completely.
    8. Carefully remove the leaves using tongs and set aside on a tray lined with parchment paper to drain excess water. Pat them dry if needed.
    9. Have a large casserole or oven-proof dish ready and spoon two tablespoons tomato sauce on the bottom.
    10. Take one cooked cabbage leaf at a time and spoon the mince mixture into the center. Fold the leaf up into a little roll and place it folded side down into the casserole. Repeat the process with the remaining mince and 7 leaves.
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    11. Spoon the remaining tomato mixture in and around the cabbage rolls and brush a little olive oil on the cabbage using a pastry brush.
    12. Scatter over the remaining grated cheddar and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
    13. To serve, season with freshly ground black pepper and sliced basil leaves.
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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 860mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 39g

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